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GREEK AUSTRALIAN DIALOGUE SERIES:Video conference with Dr Artemis Papathanassiou

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Paul Nicolaou, Director of the Business Leaders Council, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Greek Consul General in Sydney, Christos Karras, invite you to a video conference with Dr Artemis Papathanassiou, International Lawyer & Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Throughout history, wars, colonial occupation, but also artistic and aesthetic curiosity, as well as the development of illegal commercial networks, have resulted respectively in the loss or displacement of emblematic cultural properties which, in most cases, symbolize the cultural identity of the respective nations.

On the other side, the attacks against cultural heritage and cultural and religious diversity are increasingly evolving over the last few years either as a key element of civil armed conflicts, such as the recent ones in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, or as a tool used by ambitious leaders with the aim to dismantle emblematic religious and cultural heritage, which served for centuries as a way to cultural understanding and coexistence of civilizations.

Greece is among the leading countries in the fight against the illicit trafficking in cultural property and guides the relevant negotiations within the General Assembly of the United Nations on the return or restitution of cultural properties to their countries of origin.

Mrs Papathanassiou will brief attendees at this session on key aspects of Greek Cultural Diplomacy, with a specific focus on the emblematic cases of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures and the recent conversion of Hagia Sofia World Heritage Monument into a mosque.

Following her presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask Dr Papathanassiou a question in the Q&A session.

DETAILS FOR THE VIDEO CONFERENCE:

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Time:  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM (AEDT – NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas) (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Athens time)

Zoom link will be forwarded to you after you RSVP

To RSVP please email paul.nicolaou@australianchamber.com.au as soon as possible to secure your place on the video conference.

Dr. Artemis Papathanassiou is an international lawyer and Senior Legal Advisor of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Greece. She has a PHD in Public International Law.

As a Legal Advisor of the Greek MFA, she specializes on issues of Greek-Turkish relations, international terrorism, international space law and international cultural property law.

She has participated and participates in a large number of bilateral and multilateral negotiations, representing her country in international and regional organizations and, in particular, the United Nations, UNESCO, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the Council of Europe.

She is former Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention).

She is former Chairperson of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP).

She is the Facilitator/Moderator of the negotiations within the UN General Assembly which led to the elaboration and adoption of Resolutions A/RES70/76 and A/RES/73/130 “on the Return or Restitution of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin.”

She is nominated by Greece Mediator/Conciliator for International Cultural Disputes in the List of Mediators and Conciliators of UNESCO.

She is a member of the Hellenic Advisory Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

She has participated, as invited lecturer and panellist, in several International Conferences and is author of several articles on issues of public international law.

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